Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Despicable: Mississippi Town Sends Lesbian Teen to "Fake Prom"

Constance McMillen is the Mississippi teenager who protested her school's decision prohibiting her from bringing a female date to the prom. Rather than allowing the same-sex couple to attend the prom, the school canceled the event.

But a strange thing later happened.  Parents and students secretly organized two proms. One prom was for the vast majority of students at McMillen's high school. The other was for McMillen, her date, 2 developmentally disabled children, and 3 others. Despite the small crowd at the lesbian-disability kid prom, the school principal and teachers attended the event as chaperones (I wonder if they were part of the scam).

Christianity and morality are so sweet in Dixie. This is pathetic and shameful.

Here's a bit of personal advice to McMillen: Take the $30,000 scholarship you recently earned and run very far from this community. You are too courageous, smart, and egalitarian to remain in such a hateful and deceitful community. 

5 comments:

Tom Hilton said...

In the memorandum opinion denying a preliminary injunction, the judge said defendants were saying there would be a private prom open to all; that was really the basis for the denial. I can't imagine that judge will be too happy with this particular deception. (The opinion goes on to say that the case will remain open, and McMillen can come back and seek monetary damages should any injury occur. I think that may turn out to be one expensive 'prom'.)

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Tom: I think the judge will be upset. Unfortunately, because the judge did not issue the injunction, the court cannot hold them in contempt. There might be other sanctions available, however, and she could always sue for damages. The injury has already occurred -- violation of her constitutional rights. She is learning so many important lessons.

Joyce said...

With so many young and younger folks indicating "lesbian" and "gay" are normal, this incident is particularly disppointing. And the fact that so many adults obviously enabled the cruel deception makes it that much worse. What a thing to teach your children ...

Elizabeth said...

Despicable, indeed, and idiotic. Deep shame.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Joyce: Agreed -- and I am particularly frightened because I suspect that school officials were in on the deal -- even though they represented to the judge that they would allow her to attend the alternative prom.

Hi, Liz: Yes - terrible. She is growing up rather quickly and learning important lessons. That's a good thing -- even though it must be painful.

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